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A memorable and yet forgettable film all at the same time. A lot of to
be stars (as well as a couple of veterans) are thrown into this strange
but poorly executed sex-comedy.
Even so there're a couple of laughs, but nothing really outstanding. Much of the lack of comedic punch can be attributed to a lack of coverage (as is typical with moderately budgeted studio films). Few, if any cutaways, poor sound, and reliance on basic camera angles; definitely a slam production.
Typical 80's sexploitation; has some interesting comedic conceptions, but it's market driven art. The DVD is a poor dupe of a second generation 3/4" tape; fuzzy image, poor sound, etc.
It brought a smirk to my face, but then again I saw the thing back when it came out. Otherwise give this one a pass.
Sometime between "Bosom Buddies" and "Newhart", Peter Scolari starred
in this dud of a comedy as Elliot, a soft-spoken weak-willed guy who's
badged by his fiancé into taking up the reigns of her father's
(Christopher Lee in a thankless role) hotel in Florida, which her dad
just wants to burn down for the insurance money. Fran Drescher
embarrasses herself as the head bellhop/hooker, and Eddie Deezen is on
hand to...well to act like Eddie Deezen, the guy does the same shtick
in every film he's been in and is never good. The film attempts to go
for low-brow laughs, yet fails to even deliver at that.
Eye Candy: Monique Gabrielle, Julia Always, Durga McBroom, Tina Merkle, Julia Parton, & Paula Wood all show T&A
My Grade: D-
Where I saw it: Netflix online via Xbox 360
The only reason I am giving this '80's hormone comedy romp a five is
because it didn't take itself seriously, just aiming for an occasional
laugh. I mean, how can you take a film with Eddie Deezen in it
seriously? The film centers on a spineless wimp, played well by Peter
Scolari, who is offered the job of managing a motel owned by
Christopher Lee - who plays Scolari's prospective father-in-law. He and
his girlfriend, Colleen Camp venture down to Florida to take charge of
the place not knowing that Lee has set Scolari up for failure. He has
already planned to torch the motel to collect insurance money while
devising a cunning plan to make Scolari look the loser that he is so
his daughter won't marry him. Laughs come occasionally but not nearly
as often as the bare breasts shots. Comedies of the 80's had one thing
going for them and that was the endless supply of nakedness.
VIOLENCE: $$ (This isn't an action film so you shouldn't go into it expecting to see any violence or bloodshed. However, the man who Christopher Lee hires to torch the motel has constant run-ins with fire and bombs).
NUDITY: $$$$$ (On parade here! Evil Toon's Monique Gabrielle sheds her clothes on several occasions as well as the other nameless actresses who play the bellhop-hookers. Believe when I type this, it is all gratuitous. There is a scene with a fused out Vietnam veteran -not played by Bruce Dern, surprise - who conducts a formation of nude women armed to the hilt with weapons. Colleen Camp manages to keep her clothes on so all of you folks who drooled over her in Clue - sorry, she teases us again here).
STORY: $$ (Nothing great. Colleen Camp seems to run the motel but makes Scolari feel like he is calling the shots. I wondered why she was with such a useless guy since she is the daughter of a well-to-do Christopher Lee. The pairing made little sense in this film. The main premise of the film is to see if Scolari can win over Lee before the motel is torched. Needless to say, the plot is threadbare but still moderately enjoyable).
ACTING: $$ (The acting here isn't that good. Deezen and Fran Drescher have their fan-bases but I don't see why anyone would want to watch them act. They can't help but be annoying. Scolari and Camp do alright with their roles but Christopher Lee is wasted. The story centers around Scolari and Camp and doesn't flesh out Dracula - or Mr. Lee. The two original bellhops offer a few laughs as the two guys try every maneuver in the book to score with the hooker-bellhops. However, as a whole, the acting was slightly below average for the genre).
A comedy in nearly every sense, "The Rosebud Beach Hotel" is at odds with itself whether to be a goofy, screwball frolic (with surprisingly old-fashioned overtones) or a sniggering T&A fest à la "Private School". Colleen Camp inherits a fifth-rate hotel by the beach and hires second-hand help to run it, but does she know the bellhops are hookers? Fran Drescher has a riotous scene with a customer, and Cherie and Marie Currie provide a fine rock soundtrack as the maids-turned-singers (too bad they have no dialogue however). Eddie Deezen falls into the pool. Apart from all this, there are some nervous young ladies disrobed for the camera. The picture is so awkward it provides some unintentional laughs, but mostly it's a bore, and Camp's nervous-brand of insecure/in-command humor is just thrown away. * from ****
This is not one of those films that seeks to probe the deep mysteries of the universe. Anyone who has played critic and mercilessly panned or trashed this movie is taking this romp and themselves way too seriously. That said, if you are looking for a way to spend about an hour and a half immersed in pure mindless satirical comedy, this will do nicely. The movie is a spoof of almost any major movie genre you can name with each scene extracting laughter, while setting up a gag for the next. Similar to the Scarry Movie, Naked Gun, and Airplane franchises,a number of well known actors at that time (but not Leslie Nielsen)lent their talents to producing this very funny film parody. Sure, the plot is predictable, the jokes are cheesy, and the overall vibe is cult classic, but this particular recipe works so well that at times, the movie becomes a parody of itself. My wife and I first watched this movie about 10 years ago on late night HBO plus a couple of times after that, and I have to say it gets funnier each time.
Sometimes, you can't help but wonder...how did this movie get made? What poor saps put up the bucks? Did they read the script? Were they in a financial plight where they could make money by losing money? And while we're speaking of money, presumably enough of it was forthcoming to persuade a few professional performers -- like Christopher Lee, Fran Drescher and Coleen Camp -- to wander through the drivel. The plot centers on a pair of young lovers who inherit a Miami Beach hotel and hire a squad of bell hops -- all hookers -- to work there. Meanwhile, a nutcase is trying to blow up the premises with predictable slapstick results. The movie should get only a one out of ten but I'll throw in an extra point for some very attractive bare breasts.
This movie is so bad, and the cast, which includes some semi-big names, is so bad in it, you will spend most of the films running time (if you can manage to keep watching) wondering how any of these actors got work again. I can't imagine this ever had much of a theatrical release, and got its only exposure on late night 1980's cable TV, a fate the film certainly deserved. I know they have fans, so if your interested, Cherie & Marie Currie sing a couple of songs that I don't think are available anywhere else. If this wasn't so obscure, it would have to rank pretty high on the IMDb Bottom 100 list. Trust me, it's really that bad.
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